Arup Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
159 Reviews

3.7
159 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally management is concerned about work life balance and do a good job in communicating that to the employees (in 12 reviews)

  • Get the opportunity to work on some very interesting projects (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There is fake sense of work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • The firm seems to have issues getting rid of poor performers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible opportunities to work on amazing projects

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Projects are amazing and training is incredible, thrown right into the mix and forced to become a great engineer. International recognition. Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Engineering work in general can get dull and repetitive sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Full of British Guys, interesting projects, but poor management

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    Former Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Arup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Varied work and opportunities, ability to go abroad

    Cons

    Unless your a tall white man, you probably won't progress much, poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to value different types of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Mostly awesome, but beware of sharks

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    Great people, great company, fun atmosphere, prestigious and interesting projects, challenging work, highly intelligent coworkers, open information sharing globally across the firm, opportunities for learning, opportunities to create your own path and learn what you want.

    Cons

    Long hours, and not so great if you end up with one of the few terrible managers.

    The vast majority of the people there are great and you'll likely love it, especially at the lower levels where you aren't a threat to anyone. However, there is a bit of political game-playing going on at the higher levels, and unfortunately some of the leaders with high integrity are blind to the games of the people without it. The ones who do see it may not be able to help you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the Ove Arup spirit. Be aware that communication between staff and management is not as open as you seem to think, and that there may be a few who don't belong. Not necessarily because they aren't productive or smart enough, but because they are willing to damage good people to further themselves. They are poisoning corners of an otherwise amazing company. Your employees who work for these managers do not have the options to speak up that you think they have, and you are losing great people because of it. It is also teaching people to play politics if they want to survive there.

    Greg Smith's resignation letter from Goldman Sachs says it well: "Weed out the morally bankrupt people, no matter how much money they make for the firm. And get the culture right again, so people want to work here for the right reasons."

    Don't let this happen to Arup. Encourage more American locals to work in the UK for awhile at some of the better offices, so they understand that the proliferation of British leaders in the US is because the work culture they "grew up" in is an integral part of Arup's success. Enron and Goldman Sachs are indicators of what the work culture in the US can bring if you let it. Keep the best of both cultures, and know which parts to discard.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Global project experience with expansive knowledge base from 10,000 engineers around the world.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Travel and great work experience. Global organisation with excellent engineering knowledge base.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than some alternatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often, Engineers do not automatically become great project managers - some should remain in technical field.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    Young environment, get to work on very cool projects.

    Cons

    Underpaid. A lot of people there had graduate degrees from top schools but making on the lower end of industry standard.

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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging with opportunities to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Committment to delivering quality.
    Good overall work environement, benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of clear process, structure. Heavy reliance on employees taking initiative to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more efficient, clear processes to getting things done.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Learned a ton and co-workers were really friendly

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Arup

    Pros

    -Can learn about different specialized areas such as structural, mechanical, plumbing if you actually took the time to ask about how they go about their job
    -friendly environment
    -interesting projects

    Cons

    -kept you busy with work that was mainly routine
    -pay was ok as intern but heard its average of below once employed full time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand as interns management cant invest too much time because they know there is a chance that interns may not come back but in my experience I rarely spoke to my manager and mainly worked hand in hand with regular employees or senior engineers. There should be a better level of communication between the two and allow the young engineer know what to do to become successful or how to manage one day and of course how to get paid better because ultimately thats eveyones goal

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global organization with small company feel

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    - access to knowledge
    - opportunities for relocation
    - flexible working
    - interesting projects
    - good office locations
    - impressive investment in research

    Cons

    - salaries are generally lower
    - management have trouble of removing poor performing workers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The job is stable and the paycheck is enough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    The culture is very comfortable and pretty fun. Arup makes an effort to keep its employees happy though food and office amenities. 3 weeks paid vacation, 2 weeks sick time, plus about 10 other holidays.

    Cons

    The compensation is not what i think it should be (meaning i'm underpaid). definition of milestones required for advancement are vague at best. Mid-level management has no power. Principles make all raise decisions, even for the underlings they may not interact with. this is a serious disconnect that leaves the young engineers at the mercy of their managers to convince the principles to promotes the younger engineer and give them raises. some of these managers don't seem to understand the structure leaving young engineers dissatisfied with lack of raises and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less amenities and more pay. I don't need false praise, i want to know what i need to improve on to speed up my advance of ascent to the top.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work at, with some rough edges

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arup

    Pros

    Low turnover.
    A lot of long-term staffs, so people like to work for the company.
    Excellent support from the management team on Work-Life balance.
    Easy commute to multiple offices.
    Friendly, respectful and stimulating work environment
    Get-together lunches and after hour social events are encourage.
    Senior staffs are encourage to use laptop and are given one if requested.
    Central Service (IT, Finance, HR, Facilities) staffs are friendly and have good respond time.
    HR representatives are knowledgeable and easy to talk to.
    Excellent time-off benefits.
    Encourages staffs to stay safe and healthy, through seminars, gym memberships and sporting events.

    Cons

    Work may requires long hours and work weekends commitment.
    May works on multiple projects with similar deadlines.
    Deadlines are frequent and sometimes unrealistic.
    Very little downtime between projects (you will be starting on another project before you even finish your current one).
    Travel may be required, where you will be away from home for a few days.
    Not many people can say they have time to go on vacation.
    Can easily burn out as a junior engineering staff.
    A lot of long-term staffs, so promotions and moving up to management level is very hard for newer staffs.
    Staff will be volunteered by managers for tasks but do not communicate the benefits to picking up the tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the great work. There are many ways to improve.
    Encourage staffs to take vacation to avoid burn-outs.
    Do a better job at resourcing to avoid staff working a lot of overtime hours, which leads to burn-outs and leaving the company.
    Encourage staffs to attend training sessions, not just in their respective field, but other trades as well.

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    Approves of CEO

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